Despite the fact that law enforcement agencies and prosecutors often regard criminal offenses like prostitution just as they would other crimes, criminal defense attorneys and victims’ rights advocates understand that they should be treated with a degree of compassion. Prostitution is often a crime of circumstance, and is linked to larger social and criminal issues like child abuse and sex trafficking. The attorneys at Dusek Law understand that those accused of engaging in prostitution are often victims as well, and advocate on behalf of their clients for fair representation and consideration under the law.
As some North Dakota residents may know, a legal defense varies depending on the type of crime and the evidence used to support the charges. When considering charges of sexual assault, there are three main types of defense. Two are common to other types of crime where the defendant claims innocence or mental incapacitation that would make the defendant unable to assume responsibility.
Some crimes like indecent exposure can be difficult to understand because one's actions and intent matter. In North Dakota and other states, indecent exposure usually involves displaying one's genitals in public in an attempt to receive sexual gratification. Indecent exposure is a serious offense that can sometimes lead to time in prison.
On Dec. 27, local police released a statement requesting the public's assistance in identifying a man allegedly involved in a sexual assault that occurred at an off-campus North Dakota State University apartment. According to local reports, a man with a knife walked onto the apartment grounds and ordered three women to take off their clothes on Dec. 20. Tips from the public indicated that a 39-year-old Cass County resident may be a person of interest.
North Dakota has laws in place that specifically prohibit certain people from possessing firearms due to age, mental health issues and previous felony convictions. The prohibitions vary in duration, depending on the reason constituting the prohibition.
Court documents related to a case in which two individuals were accused of operating a commercial sex business in North Dakota were released on Sept. 24. The documents accused the 32-year-old woman and the 32-year-old man of convincing California women to come to North Dakota in order to work in brothels between late 2012 and early 2014.
An English teacher who taught at a North Dakota high school was charged on Aug. 22 after being accused of having sex with a female high school student more than five years ago. According to the press release, the alleged incidents occurred in February or March of 2009.
A Bismarck man pleaded guilty on June 17 to charges stemming from an alleged effort to lure a teenage girl into a sexual encounter. Authorities have accused the 25-year-old man of engaging in an online chat with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl; the man allegedly made plans to meet with the person in the interest of smoking marijuana and performing sex acts.
A 29-year-old man from Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been charged with multiple sex crimes. The man admitted to exchanging sexual photographs with minors for the past 12 years during a polygraph test for a potential job. According to a police affidavit, child pornography was also found on his computer equipment.
A federal investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Cyber Crime Center has resulted in the arrests of 14 men in connection with a child pornography website. The investigation of at least 300 others remains ongoing. The website allegedly involved 251 children between the ages of 3 and 17, 12 of whom were from North Dakota.